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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
Fault, Faults
A man should pardon everybody’s fault rather than his own.  Cato.  1
A wilful fault has no excuse and deserves no pardon.  2
Bad men excuse their faults; good men leave them.  Ben Jonson.  3
Be not busy in detecting other men’s faults.  Sri Lankan.  4
By others’ faults wise men correct their own.  5
Condemn the fault and not the actor of it.  Shakespeare.  6
Don’t find fault with what you don’t understand.  French.  7
Every man hath his faults.  Latin.  8
Every one’s faults are not written on their foreheads.  9
Every one puts his faults on the times.  10
Faults are thick when love is thin.  11
Faults of ignorance are excusable only where the ignorance itself is so.  12
Faults that are rich are fair.  Shakespeare.  13
Forget others’ faults by remembering your own.  14
Great faults may grow out of great virtues in excess.  Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine.  15
He has but sorry food that feeds upon the faults of others.  16
He is lifeless that is faultless.  17
He may find fault, but let him mend if he can.  18
He that does one fault at first
And lies to hide it, makes it two.  Watts.
If nobody takes notice of our faults we easily forget them ourselves.  20
If the best man’s faults were written on his forehead it would make him pull his hat over his eyes.  Gaelic.  21
In every fault there is folly.  22
It is well our faults are not written on our face.  23
Jupiter makes for our own faults a sack behind and for the faults of others, one we wear before.  Homer.  24
Let him that is without fault cast the first stone.  25
Men’s years and their faults are always more than they are willing to own.  26
No man is born without faults; he is the best who has the fewest.  Horace.  27
No one sees his own faults.  German.  28
Nobody is willing to acknowledge he is in fault.  29
One fault will not justify another.  30
One man’s fault is another man’s lesson.  31
Small faults indulged are great thieves that let in greater.  32
Some faults though small, intolerable grow.  Juvenal.  33
The fault is as great as he that commits it.  French, Spanish.  34
The fault of another is a good teacher.  German.  35
The fault of the ass must not be laid on the pack-saddle.  36
The faulty stands always on his guard.  37
The first faults are theirs that commit them, the second theirs that permit them.  38
The man the least pardonable is the one who declines to correct his faults, unless it be he who prides himself on them.  39
The most faulty are most prone to find fault.  40
The way to avoid great faults is to beware of small ones.  41
There’s none without a fault.  42
They who seek only for faults, see nothing else.  43
’Tis easier to avoid a fault than acquire perfection.  44
We know not what is in the wallet behind. (The wallet containing our own faults.)  45
Where no fault is there needs no pardon.  46
Wilful faults have no excuse and deserve no pardon.  47

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